When I last left you, we bid a farewell to the sponsored events presented at 2018’s Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival brought to us by GEM Productions. We pick things up today at the last call Bernaroo, the three-day music and arts festival.
In an effort to wind things down and offer tourists a taste of our town and talent, the final shows for the weekend were hosted by Cirar 1810 Bar; 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC. This an agreement that was reached before new ownership of the establishment transpired.
Opening up the day was the incredibly talented Alisa Mike, who offered a wonderful Brunch show for fans and friends in attendance. This local singer, born and raised in Tarboro, NC, has so much news to share these days. The songstress that our town has embraced as our own is releasing a CD in the coming days. In fact, it will be released at a party next Friday, August 3, 2018, at her first show on stage at the new City Stage, 901B Pollock St., New Bern. NC. Though that event has been sold out for days, another CD release party has been added for August 9, 2018, again at The City Stage.
Mike has fronted several bands around town and along the way, she embarked on a solo adventure that brought her contentment and peace like no band platform could. She enjoys sharing music with fans and it shows in all of her performances.
She will be appearing live each week at The City Stage on Thursdays evening from 6 to 9 pm. The new venue will open where The City Laundry once was and will offer pub food and libations. The soft opening for this venue lines right up with the debut release from Alisa Mike.
Please come out and show your support for both new endeavors being offered to the good folks of New Bern. To find out more about The City Stage, call the venue at (252) 876-7007 or check out their Facebook page by following https://www.facebook.com/CityStageNB/.
To keep up with singer and songstress, Alisa Mike, check her out on Facebook by following https://www.facebook.com/AMSerenades/
Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade closed out the final Bernaroo event offered by GEM Productions, in cooperation with Tracey Stones Productions, LCC. This event was held at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, where the Dust Parade played to a full patio of people who enjoyed the jazzy surf grooves served up by the band.
Here again is another great success story in the growth of an artist. When we met Hank Barbee he truly was under construction and rebuilding his music career. The process included not only songwriting and playing, but in time playing with others. This is all a process and not one an artist can achieve in a day. Especially when you mix Egos and IDs with the real-life scenarios of players and personalities. Finding the right mix and blends is important work for the success of any band.
When I met this artist he was playing solo gigs mostly and setting up band gigs as it was required. Over time, the right crew came around and currently the artist is undergoing the transition of taking his name out of the equation. As time unfolds we will see Hank Barbee’s name fade to black and The Dust Parade come to be. The trio of players currently inspiring Barbee’s smooth sound is Matt Henderson on bass, Logan Watson behind the kit and on sax, Jim Durham.
To keep up with the band check them out on Facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/TheDustParade/
On Sunday, July 22, 2018, besides taking in the last two shows to complete the 2018 Bernaroo Music & Arts Festival experience, I also presented a concert in the park at Red Sail Park in Fairfield Harbour. Tracey Stones Productions is presenting a concert series that promotes communities coming out to enjoy live music and socialization close to home. I piloted the program where I live. The idea is that we invite the members of the private communities out to enjoy live music and ask them to tip the band
This was the third of the concert series which debuted in May, with Fairlight & The Scorpio Moon featuring Harbour Jazz. Last month Hank Barbee brought the Dusty Trio to play and this month we brought the blues with my missions greatest inspiration, Big Jim Kohler Blues Band.
The idea I had envisioned when my friend Jim fell ill last year, was to build a stronger, healthier music community that brings more music to our niches and communities in the hopes of benefitting our local players and school children, as well as our citizens. I want to bring music to every POA and District that will have me come and meet with them.
Music is a staple of life. We are all born with rhythm in our souls. With a deep love for the blues, it is a mission to build a blues society in our area that serves our surrounding counties. Twin Rivers Blues Society is the ideal name. Along the way, we can implement more music in private communities, so artists and players don’t always have to run to the bar for work. For a change of pace, I would rather put them in private settings where they can culminate new fans and bring music to new corners.
I know so many bands, that think building a fun concert series is an easy task. We can bring variety and invoke the spirit you are trying to bring to your neighborhood. I want to see the people in Craven Terrace dancing their blues away and getting down with some funk and good vibes. How fun would it be to see the historic district embrace more banjos and bands on their porches? I’d love to see all of New Bern’s POA Communities bring music for their member to gather and enjoy with friends and neighbors. They will be encouraged to bring a snack to share and tips for the bands.
Believe it or not, TIPS add up. I preach about this all the time. FREE MUSIC IS NEVER FREE and for that, I encourage everyone to tip the music makers. Live music is making it’s come back each week. With taking steps to get things organized, I am keeping things simple and learning a lot with my involvement in many projects. Including my recent appointment to the Downeast Folk Society Board of Directors. There is still so much to learn and week by week I am chipping away. Reaching out to other Blues Society’s to learn structure and build a unique platform.
It has been quite a journey and at that time the man who inspired it all has healed to the point of playing his blues again and sharing his music near and far. The Big Jim Kohler Band signed up to compete in the Triangle’s Blues Society Annual Competition to represent at the IBC in Memphis, next February.
Before I even know they were signed up for that fun time, I was asked to be a judge for the competition. I wish all the players the best as they compete on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at The Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC. The competition starts at 4 pm. I hope I get to see your sweet face there!
Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week
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